Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Standing in a grassy synagogue courtyard, Chiquita obviously didn't understand the words coming out of Rabbi Barry Blum's mouth - all of the 3-year-old chihuahua's attention was focused on the treat in the man's hand. "God opens his hand and satisfies every living thing with love and favor," said Blum, who then fed the small dog. Dianne Shames, who brought...
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Giant dreidels, life-sized Judah Maccabeecut-outs and computers loaded up with Chanukah games are coming to strip malls in Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties. Chabad Lubavitch's idea of bringing "Chanukah Wonderlands" to area malls stems from the desire to make the story of the Jewish revolt against the Syrian Greeks come alive for children during a month where all things Christmas...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Soon, the floor at Temple Emanuel will turn into a sea of dreidels as the Cherry Hill, N.J., synagogue attempts to break the world record for the number of them spinning at the same time. The current record stands at 535 people simultaneously spinning dreidels, a feat accomplished by the University of Maryland Hillel in 1999. "The kids at the...
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Our tradition offers up contradictory reasons regarding why Chanukah is celebrated for eight days. The Mishnah (the Oral Law - written down in the beginning of the third century C.E.) states that the holiday is celebrated because of the miracle of the oil. Yet the book of Maccabees - the account written by those who participated in the rebellion against...
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According to legend, Jewish freedom-fighters holding secret meetings while plotting against the Syrians, pretended they were merely gambling. Back then, people gambled with a top - called a dreidel in Yiddish - spinning it and letting it fall to see what letter appeared on top. That is why we play dreidel games at Chanukah; it's also why we hand out...
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